The truth about the Pioneer A03 and certified media

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As we earlier reported, the Pioneer A03 (one of the most populair DVD writers at the moment) is rather picky with media it can write at 2 speed.

Here is a reply from Memorex, that makes…

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LOL, memorex do not manufacture any media theirself. They just buy it from the places where they could get it cheapest…and those cheap manufacturers do not make good enough DVD-R media :8 I’ve seen memorex CD-R discs produced by: ritek, prodisc, MPO, postech, and CMC Magnetics(real crap).

So uhm, do I read this like, pioneer decides what medium is approved (read: allowed?) to be used with the pioneer drive? Isn’t that like, bad? Wouldn’t it be nicer if the software just sais: “This medium isn’t meant to be used at 2 speed, successful burning is not guaranteed? Do you want to continue? [Yes] [No, I’m a coward]” Or something like that? Looks a little like THEY want to controll what mediums can be used. :slight_smile:

They already cracked the region protection in the firmware (v1.65 and v1.65), next they’ll better crack that stupid speedcheck. If ppl want to risk to get a bad burn on cheap media, it’s their business, not Pioneer’s.

wtf? apple media works fine on 2x on a pioneer a03

Apple media is Pioneer OEM.

I think the computer industry abuses early adopters. It’s one thing for early adopters to bear the brunt or R&D costs, that’s above-board and generally accepted. But to use them as beta testers for a purchased product is a bit low.

Apple media? Anything with Apple on it is a rebranded, marked-up version of something else.

Say what you will about Memorex discs, but their website has got the best info on CD-Rs and DVDs. Check out their FAQs on the technical section.